YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE: Take the opportunity to vote early in the Midterm Elections (Tuesday, Nov. 6) Cast your ballot at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) during the following dates and times: Thursday – Saturday (Oct. 25 – 27) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday (Oct. 28) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday (Nov. 3) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday (Nov. 4) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ; Monday (Nov. 5) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more suburban locations, visit https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations.
NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY: Dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs safely and responsibly on Saturday (Oct. 27) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. by bringing them to one of the following drop-off locations: Mount Prospect Police Department – No liquids accepted (112 E. Northwest Hwy.); Des Plaines Police Department (1420 Miner St.); Rolling Meadows Police Department (3600 Kirchoff Rd.); Harper College Police Department (1200 Algonquin Rd. PAL.)
BIKE RIDE: Enjoy riding with the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Oct. 28) from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Meet at Starbucks (90 E. Northwest Hwy.)
JAN SCHAKOWSKY’S OFFICE: Meet privately with a representative from the office of Ninth District Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Wednesday (Oct. 31) anytime between 2 – 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Ask questions about immigration, visas, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and other federal services. Representatives from the Congresswoman’s office visit every Wednesday. This meeting will be on the second floor in Study Room 2B while the Lobby renovation is underway. A new location will be posted for subsequent meetings.
TRICK OR TREAT HOURS: Ghosts, princesses and pirates can claim their booty of treats in Mount Prospect on Halloween, Wednesday (Oct. 31) from 3 – 8 p.m. The Mount Prospect Police offer these tips for a safe and happy outing: Make sure kids under 12 go trick-or-treating with a parent or other trusted adult, use makeup instead of a mask so your child’s view is not obstructed, give kids a flashlight or glowstick and add reflective tape to their costumes to make them more visible to motorists and warn children not to eat any goodies until you’ve had the chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.
BLOOD DRIVE: Give the gift of life during the Community Blood Drive on Thursday (Nov. 1) from 3 – 8 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room (1st Floor 50 S. Emerson St.) Walk-ins are welcome. Parking is available in the garage adjacent to Village Hall.
—-SKYWAY JAZZ FESTIVAL: The 2018 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Jazz Festival takes place on Saturday (Oct. 27) from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Rd. DP.) The event is a celebration of jazz bands and combos from schools in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. A panel of Chicago jazz musicians will judge the performances. Attendance to the festival is free and open to the public.
—-FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: Get a head start on your holiday gift shopping on Saturday (Oct. 27) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 28) from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (302 N. Dunton AH.) The festival is hosted by Ten Thousand Villages of Evanston. For more info, call 847/733-8258.
—-CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: If you are caring for a family member or friend, consider attending a support group with those experiencing the same challenges. Cherished Place Adult Day Club (800 W. Oakton St. AH) hosts a group on Wednesday Oct. 31) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This support group, which is sponsored by Lutheran Home, meets the last Wednesday of each month. For more info, call 847/705-2123